C. G. Wilke Hutfabrik Guben
Posted 27 August 2013 - 01:52 PM
Posted 16 March 2014 - 05:11 AM
I found the hat shop (Reinhold Mette Freiberg) was established in 1926 and is still owned by the family today (Barbara Mette Freiberg). I assume the shop is still in business. Prior to opening the hat shop they manufactured fur felt ware (established 1825).
Obermarkt 6 Freiberg, Saxony
Posted 11 December 2014 - 07:08 PM
A really fantastic tiny gem of a hat. The felt is the lightest and softest I have ever encountered. Probably the early 1930s maybe a bit earlier. I doubt it was worn much at all. I also think it might have been modified maybe by the shop that sold it.
Posted 07 January 2015 - 07:58 AM
"The unshorn Velour hair called Flamand;...."
Fabrikation von Damen- und Herren- Filzhüten, Der Deustchen Hutmacher Zeitung,188 (1933)
Fabrication of Women's and Men's Felt Hats, German Hat Makers News,188 (1933)
C.G. Wilke "Flamand"
Posted 01 August 2016 - 03:26 PM
In my opinion the best logo I have seen!
Posted 25 March 2017 - 10:17 PM
C. G. Wilke, Brim Over Welt 2 1/2 inches , Crown Open 6 inches, paper label missing, measures 57cm but marked 56cm on paper laberl, probably later 1920s maybe early 1930s. The hat originally had a liner. The Velour is really fantastic but it has some nicks.
Posted 31 July 2017 - 04:42 AM
C. G. Wilke, 111 Years (1933)
Time Clock (1920-29)
Women of the Felting Department (1910)
Women of the Dressing Department (1920-29)
Statutes of the company's sickness fund of the hat factory C.G. Wilke in Guben-Druck by the publisher Albert Koenig in Guben. (1914)
Certificate of the State Insurance Institution Brandenburg by Charlotte Zindler for offsetting at the factory sickness fund of the hat factory C.G. Wilke. (1938)
At the end of the war in 1945, the company premises and the production facilities of the company C.G. Wilke were destroyed or severely damaged by about 45%. These included the middle building, a warehouse, workshops and the administrative building as well as the private villa of the Wilke family. The last eight weeks of war in February and March 1945, in which Guben was a frontier, brought the economic ruin to the once flourishing and traditional Gubener hat industry. At the end of the Second World War nearly 90% of the historic city center was destroyed. The city resembled a rubble landscape. In the western part of the city about 20% of the building fabric was affected by destruction, including numerous industrial plants.
Destroyed Villa Wilke in Guben, 1945
Letterhead C.G. Wilke; Guben, 12/23/1947
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